AI-based Technology Helps Us Overcome Our Limitations

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21st May, 2019

The rapid detection and recognition of objects at great distances has proven a formidable technological challenge. We at Mitsubishi Electric, however, have succeeded in extending the range of detection to an industry-leading distance. By combining our Maisart® AI technology and a proprietary algorithm with an electronic mirror, we have made it possible to detect objects at distances of up to 100 meters—the length of a soccer pitch.

The Sooner We Know, the Safer We Are

Humankind has long applied its critical thinking ability to the development of technologies that improve our vision in various situations, both to ensure our safety and to expand our base of knowledge about the world around us. We at Mitsubishi Electric have taken up the mantle, establishing new industry benchmarks in the process.

One aspect of our lives in which demand for enhanced vision is particularly strong is driving. A significant proportion of automobile accidents are the result of lane changes, caused in many cases by the driver’s inability to sufficiently confirm the presence or absence of vehicles in the so-called “blind spot.” Instead of relying on our ability to react instantaneously, we need to be able to anticipate potentially hazardous situations to truly achieve a smarter and safer society. The electronic mirror, a device designed to provide visibility superior to that of rear-view and side-view mirrors, is part of the move to address this issue. Limitations remain, however, as the conventional electronic mirror only offers 30 meters of detection range at a detection accuracy rate of 14 percent. In response, we developed Object Recognition Technology, and the results are astounding.

An Innovative Way to See the Sights

The component of Object Recognition Technology that is vital to its operation is the Visual-Cognition Model. An algorithm that imitates the human tendency to give preferential attention to areas in our field of vision that stand out, the Visual-Cognition Model essentially eliminates all other elements in the field, thereby reducing clutter and greatly accelerating decision making. And by incorporating our proprietary Maisart® AI technology, we have further achieved not only the real-time detection of objects, but also the identification of those objects.

Through the use of Object Recognition Technology with an electronic mirror in an automotive application, we have succeeded in extending the maximum detection range to an amazing 100 meters, and in elevating the detection accuracy rate to 81 percent, both tops in the industry*. And the improvement of convenience and safety on the roads of the world is just the tip of the iceberg for our extraordinary technology.

Please refer to the “News release” link below for more details.

Sensing the Need for a New Vision of the Future

We are at work creating value-added functionality by augmenting Object Recognition Technology with advanced sensing capabilities. This will make it possible to more rapidly assess dangerous circumstances and provide the information to the driver. And its value extends well beyond ground transportation. With the prevalence of cameras in today’s society, we see tremendous potential for this technology, extending to capabilities such as identifying objects in poorly lit environments, and ascertaining the velocity of approaching objects. Object Recognition Technology could someday potentially even be applied to other modes of transportation, such as air travel. The possibilities are virtually limitless.

We are capitalizing on our technological mastery to see beyond what our eyes are able to show us, with the objective of spearheading the evolution to a safer, more secure society.

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